KISS still sore over Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Exclusion

Steve Baltin | Rolling Stone

Kevin Winter

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2012 induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14th, and this year class includes Guns N’ Roses, the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. One band that won’t be there, however, is KISS, who haven’t been voted in since they first became eligible for induction in 1999 – a fact that still rankles the group’s lead singer, Gene Simmons.

“It’s become a joke,” Simmons told Rolling Stone at Wednesday’s press conference announcing his band’s joint summer tour with Mötley Crüe. “We’ve been thinking about it and the answer is simply, ‘We’ll just buy it and fire everybody.’”

While Simmons was joking, he does take serious issue with his band’s exclusion from the Hall of Fame, as well as what kinds of acts have been inducted. “In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Madonna, Blondie and Tone Loc. Who the fuck knows what other disco act is in there? It’s an insult to them because they don’t get to be in the ‘Dance Hall of Fame,’ because that’s what they do,” Simons says. “They’re legitimate dance, disco artists. They don’t belong in rock and roll.”

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New KISS / Crue Tour announcement video

Joe Lynch | Fuse

After KISS and Mötley Crüe announced their joint summer tour at a press conference, the iconic hard-rock bands sat down with Fuse to talk to us about their 40 date, head-banging extravaganza.

“We didn’t wanna just go out and do another tour, we wanted somebody out there sharing the stage with us who was going to blow it up and kick everybody in the nuts,” explained Gene Simmons.

“We played five shows together in 1982. KISS gave us our first tour. We sort of lost our virginity to these guys,” Nikki Sixx joked. “Actually we did lose our virginity to these guys, but that’s another story.”

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